7 Quick Takes: Tutoring Edition

7 Quick Takes

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A start to tutoring. I started doing drop-in tutoring two hours a day on Monday… AND WAS RUN OFF MY FEET FOR TWO HOURS!!!!! It was freaking **AWESOME**!!! Granted, it’s the first full week of classes so much of what I was doing was helping people get oriented to Canvas and to their classes; but I honestly loved every minute of it.

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Your reason is invalid. When older adults (let’s say late 50’s on up) tell me that they’re too old to use Facebook/learn computers, I tell them about my aunt Jean (technically, my great-aunt — she’s my grandma’s younger sister) who is a world-renowned expert on ornamental chickens, is on Facebook, still living independently with her kitties, and who just turned 95 YEARS OLD yesterday. ­čÖé When skills inventories come up on Facebook, she always comments to tell me that I am never too old to learn some new skills… so get cracking!

Happy birthday, Aunt Jean! I love you!

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Lynx love. Nice kitty…

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Integrated Projects. I’m taking a class called “Integrated Projects” this quarter where we get to do projects involving the use of a bunch of Microsoft applications together. All of my classmates (at least the ones I’m blessed to see in person these days) love it and feel like it’s the class where we get to “play”.

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Cuteness overload. Dying.

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Because Maru!

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More Maru.

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: April 8, 2018

For Today… April 8, 2018

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Looking out my window… grey and cloudy. We’re getting rain intermittently.

I am thinking… about what I am tutoring this week.

I am thankful… for stories of my grandfather that I got to hear this morning from an old friend of his.

One of my favorite things… memories of my beloved grandfather.

I am wearing… a berry-colored long-sleeved shirt and jeans. Church clothes were a green paisley dress and black leggings.

I am creating… a medical office handbook in Word.

I am listening to… this hymn on YouTube.

I am hoping… to get a fair amount done tonight.

I am learning… the basics of QuickBooks.

In my kitchen… I grabbed a sandwich at Subway.

In the school room… Kiddo’s Spring Break is over tomorrow and he heads back to school!

Post Script… this Twitter thread from @BestofNextDoor on football fans gone wild

Shared Quote… “But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

A moment from my day… Our offertory hymn today.

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: April 2, 2018

For Today…

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… cloudy though it was sunny earlier. Our weather has been going from extreme to extreme lately, and that has led to knee pain and migraines for me.

I am thinking… about school which technically starts tomorrow though I’m working on two discussion board posts right now and don’t have a physical class until Wednesday.

I am thankful… for a good visit with my uncle and his new wife. We had 13 people for dinner yesterday and 2 more stopped in later!

One of my favorite things… Easter worship. Good hymns, our anthem went well, and Helen’s sermon was excellent.

I am wearing… a long-sleeved charcoal heather shirt and jeans capris.

I am creating… discussion board posts.

I am listening to… Mom play the piano.

I am hoping… to have some decent outings with Daniel while he is on Spring Break this week. I just bought a Discover Pass and I think we’ll maybe head to the slough in a few days.

I am learning… that my neighbors love my “Dump Trump” bumper sticker and were amused when I duct-taped over it yesterday to keep the peace at Easter dinner yesterday. (My mom also hid my father’s Trump voodoo doll temporarily for the same reason.)

In my kitchen… leftovers! I predict a wonderful dinner tonight.

In the school room… Daniel is on Spring Break.

Post Script… here is something for the #walkupnotwalkout crowd.

Shared Quote… “The moment God is figured out with nice neat lines and definitions, we are no longer dealing with God.” — Rob Bell

A moment from my day… Some music for Easter!

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: March 19, 2018

For Today… March 19, 2018

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Looking out my window… sunny. It was cloudy in the morning and most of the day but everything melted off in the late afternoon.

I am thinking… about what to put on my signs for Saturday’s march.

I am thankful… that my annual female exam went well and I might not have to have another one ever. (We’re working on getting a hysterectomy approved for me.)

One of my favorite things… my fairy godmother’s corned beef and potatoes.

I am wearing… a grey heather long-sleeved shirt and black jeans.

I am creating… a baby blanket.

I am listening to… quiet in the house. (It’s much later now and Daniel is asleep.)

I am hoping… that my Celtic knotwork cross is fixable. (Jon mailed it back to me finally and it arrived broken.)

In my kitchen… Mom made Guinness stew last night for Dad’s birthday.

Post Script… Mountain Lion Madness looks interesting!

Shared Quote… “I believe alien life is quite common in the universe, although intelligent life is less so. Some say it has yet to appear on planet Earth.” — Stephen Hawking

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: February 26, 2018

For Today… February 26, 2018

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… dark. It was cold this morning but was shirt-sleeves weather this afternoon.

I am thinking… my challenge test for Business English on Wednesday and the 7th anniversary of this on Thursday. I’m more than a little weepy about the latter.

I am thankful… for the people in my life who are praying me through this week.

One of my favorite things… this Facebook page.

I am wearing… jammies. Clothes for today were a grey heather shirt and jeans.

I am creating… forms in Access.

I am listening to… some Michael W. Smith.

I am hoping… I end up with a good group for my Access in-class project.

I am learning… how to do fun things with forms.

In my kitchen… Dad made steak last night.

In the school room… we’re trying to put together a triennial IEP in a matter of weeks instead of months.

Post Script… an amazing article by Emma Gonz├ílez, one of the Parkland shooting survivors who is speaking out.

Shared Quote… “We are children who are being expected to act like adults, while the adults are proving themselves to behave like children.” — Emma Gonz├ílez

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7 Quick Takes: Court Edition

7 Quick Takes

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Travel. All of my flights went well other than my flight from Bellingham to Seattle being late on Monday and my flight to Bellingham on Tuesday involving horrible turbulence because of a weather system over the Whatcom County line. (I’m not a nervous flyer at all and even I was white-knuckling this one.) My hotel room was lovely and my rental car was great. I got to patronize the Qdoba in the Central Terminal off the C concourse both days even though I had a tight connection on Monday. (I was sitting next to the flight attendants for my San Jose flight who were deadheading from Bellingham. They told me I had time to grab food even though it was a tight connection and they’d make sure I got on my plane. They were right.)

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Court. The only way I can put it was that it was brutal. The judge who was supposed to hear the case was elevated to the appellate court and we got a judge who had been on the bench for three days. It was really painful to have to sit there and listen to everything that was said about me. Nothing was conclusively decided and the case was continued to March. I had been made to fly down for this hearing, so I’m more than a little irritated at this.

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Lenten devotional. I went straight from court to the airport on Tuesday and tried to channel my pain into editing reflections for my parish’s Lenten devotional booklet. I got quite a bit done and reading the reflections was a blessing to me.

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My swearing. You know you might swear a little too much when you text your priest about how court went and she tells you to call her while also mentioning that she is looking forward to learning some new swear words. (She has a fouler mouth than I do so I didn’t teach her anything new.)

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Daniel. I prepped like mad for this trip with regard to Daniel’s routine and care. My mom got an updated control journal for him and I did things like prep his lunches ahead of time and lay out his clothes so she could get him through the evening, morning, and afternoon I was gone without having to think too much. (I should add that my mom raised twins and backs me up 100% with Daniel’s care, so he was in the most capable hands with her. He also adores her which helps.) I was worried about him not sleeping but she got him to sleep just fine and handled his wake-up at 3 a.m. without a problem. She and my dad took him for “adventures” to Costco, Fred Meyer, and Haggen after school on Tuesday as well, which was fun for him. He was a happy kid while I was gone, but he was definitely relieved to see me.

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State of the Uniom. (Yes, the misspelling is intentional. It was a typo on the tickets.) I haven’t watched it yet or read the transcripts. My life is depressing enough without reading about 45’s nonsense.

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How I’m doing now. I’m worn out, not sleeping well, still feeling the sting of what Jon’s attorney said about me, and battling depression. Having to attend this hearing rebroke my heart, and the wound from having to file for divorce had the scab ripped off of it. I really want to crawl under the covers and curl up in a fetal position, but I don’t have that option. Instead, I’m dragging myself out of bed for class and doing what I need to do in order to parent Daniel because he needs a functional mama.

I don’t talk a lot about my divorce on here because it isn’t fair to Jon to have our dirty laundry aired, but know that it was not a decision I made lightly. Making it felt like I was being ripped in half.

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5 Quick Takes: Reasons My Quick Takes Are Late Edition

7 Quick Takes

I’m usually one of the first to post their Quick Takes when they go live on Friday at midnight (9 p.m. PST where I am) and it’s now Saturday without a post from me! Why, do you ask, are my Quick Takes late this week? Well…

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My bed broke. At Christmas, the SKORVA beam that goes down the middle of my IKEA bed broke. My brother had experienced something similar with his IKEA bed, so he helped me prop it with books. The new part arrived after New Year’s and I installed it… but there was another problem. The LUROY slats on which the mattress sits are in two pieces, not one and certain slats kept slipping and making part of the mattress sag. My bed will be slept in by someone else while I’m in San Jose so I had to get this fixed. I just duct-taped the two halves together in such a way that Red Green would approve.

Admittedly, I still think that the designers of the SKORVA and LUROY should be trampled by a herd of syphilitic reindeer.

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Court. As some of you know, there’s a request for order hearing this coming Tuesday in my divorce case. I was supposed to be able to testify by phone but was informed by my attorney two weeks ago that they were demanding me to be there in person because they couldn’t handle both Jon and me phoning our testimony into the hearing.

[insert me banging my head against the wall]

So… I cleared it with my parents to have them take care of Daniel and made arrangements to fly to San Jose on Monday afternoon, stay overnight, have court in the morning, and fly back to Washington on Tuesday afternoon. I’ll be gone for a little over 24 hours and am having to put everything together for my mom so that all the Daniel care stuff is automatic. While I have things more or less in place already, I’m having to edit the Daniel care journal to update it about medication and stuff like that.

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School. I have work for two classes due on Monday and one of those classes is an enormous time suck. I’ve got everything for the first one done and am about to dive into the calculations for the class that is the time suck.

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Daniel had no school on Friday. It was an in-service day or something so he was home yesterday, and that makes things a bit more complicated. Thankfully, he’s a good kid and we were able to go do some of the stocking-up for my trip without a problem.

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Health. While I’m recovering more from the respiratory crap last week, I’m still not 100% and still not sleeping well because my breathing sucks. There are a large number of naps being taken and sleeping in happening as a result.

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